From the Cartuja monastery to the CAAC, a journey through the history of Seville

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Su Seville there is a lot of written tourist material. All visitors to this city know the Cathedral, the Alcazar, the Plaza de España and Triana. But not everyone has had the opportunity to appreciate the CAAC.

The Monastery de la Cartuja which today houses the CAAC.

Il Andaluz Center of Contemporary Art it is much more than a contemporary art exhibition. Its building embodies much of the history and many of the transformations of the Andalusian capital. This area of Seville, which is located exactly on theCartuja island, that is, between the two arms of the river Guadalquivir, developed as a monastic complex, to later convert into an appreciated porcelain factory.



One of the sculptures of the CAAC.

This monument was built between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries. It has different styles: from Gothic, to Baroque, from Renaissance to Mudejar (style of the Muslim population settled in Christian territory). The Cartuja monastery it became a very important religious center at the time, so much so that also Christopher Columbus he was a regular visitor to the complex's library. The monks continued their works until 1835 when there was the expulsion of the religious order due to the forced expropriation of the Church's assets by the minister Mendizabal.

The Cartuja Monastery in Seville.

From 1838 this area was taken over by the merchant Carlos Pickman who radically changed the function of the monastery. From a religious building there Charterhouse turned into one ceramic and porcelain factory English decorated. This produced great upheavals in the architecture of this space. Ovens, chimneys and everything necessary for production were built.



The tiles or «azulejos» remind the visitor of the ancient function of the building.

The entire complex was restored on the occasion of theExpo '92 and in 1997 it began to have a concrete function as a cultural center. Currently, this testimony of industrial archeology Sevillian, houses the contemporary art museum, which offers permanent and temporary exhibitions by national and international artists. In addition to this, it is the seat of the rectorate of theInternational University of Andalusia (UNIA).

The interior of the CAAC: you can see the renovation of one of the ovens.

So that in this space, outside the historic center, it is possible to appreciate all the variety it expresses Seville: from the Christian monastery to the Muslim adornments, from the industrial function to the cultural function. Moreover, the complex is immersed in its own park of the museum and makes the visit to the Charterhouse is a peaceful and regenerating experience after the "cultural binge" of the old helmet.



The oven, the chimney and the tower of the monastery, all in the CAAC of the Cartuja.

What to see in Cartuja (Seville):

  • The Monastery
  • The exposure
  • The outdoor park

The admission price is more than affordable. The visit to the monument and the temporary exhibitions is worth 1,80 euros, while the complete visit costs only 3,01 euros. For more information on CAAC you can visit the official page of the museum.

Where to sleep to visit the Cartuja of Seville

As mentioned, compared to the center, the Cartuja is located on the other side of the Guadalquivir river, near the Triana district. It is in this barrio that it is advisable to stay. Here you will find all the hotel facilities in the area. Below, however, all the hotels on offer throughout the Seville area.



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